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Fourth of July along the Emerald Coast in Florida

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The Emerald Coast has some of the most beautiful beachfront in all of Florida.  Soft, white sand and clear, cool waters make this not only a great vacation spot, but a great place to live as well.  Imagine looking out onto a sun-shimmered ocean everyday from your Emerald Coast home.  Combine this everyday beauty with a dazzling day of fireworks, and you have Fourth of July weekend.

If you haven’t made plans for Independence Day yet, no worries – there’s still plenty of time.  Leading up to the big day, HarborWalk Village will transform into New Orleans on July 3rd at 7:00pm.  There will be a parade with extravagant floats, Cajun-style cooking, live musical entertainment, and lots of beads – all staying true to “The Big Easy”.

After “Pardi Gras”, you can return to HarborWalk Village for the Fourth of July Extravaganza on the Harbor.  From 6:30 – 9:30pm on July 4th there will be a hot dog eating contest, live music on the main stage, family activities with contests and giveaways, and a spectacular fireworks display over the water.

For a change in scenery, check out the Annual Fourth of July Celebration at Fort Walton Beach.  From 4pm – 10pm, this event will include entertainment, food and merchandise vendors, a bicycle parade for children, a fly-over, children’s games and activities, and much more.  At 9:15pm, the fun-filled day will be concluded with a celebratory show of fireworks.

If you would like something a little more cozy and comfortable, come over to Destin Beach for some patriotic pyrotechnics over the East Pass at 9pm.  This annual fireworks show will be hosted by AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce, and Z96.

If you or anyone you know is interested in searching for homes in the Emerald Coast, contact Kerry Veach.  Kerry is an experienced Realtor who can help you buy or sell real estate in the Emerald Coast.  With over 1,000 closings and a full-time real estate team, it’s no wonder that 95% of Kerry’s business comes from referrals.


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10 Tips for a Fuel-Efficient Trip

Friday, May 11th, 2012

As many sun-seeking folks head down to vacation at an Emerald Coast home, gas mileage (and prices) might become a concern for those taking to the road.  No worries though.  I’ve created a handy list of ways you can conserve gas and money during your trip.

  1. Keep Your Engine Properly Tuned

By simply maintaining your vehicle correctly, you can save anywhere from 4 percent (for repairing minor emission issues) to 40 percent!

  1. Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated

You’ve probably heard this one before and for good reason.  By simply pumping up those tires, you can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent.  It might not be much if you’re driving only a few miles, but it adds up for those serious road trips.

  1. Use Your Vehicle’s Recommended Motor Oil Grade

Improve your gas mileage 1-2 percent by using your manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil.  Even better, use motor oil labeled “Energy Conserving” on the API performance symbol.

  1. Replace Your Air Filter

This may not directly affect your gas mileage on newer cars, but it does affect your vehicle’s overall performance.  This quick and inexpensive change can improve your acceleration time by 6-10 percent.  If you have an older car with a carbureted engine, this can improve your gas mileage by 2-6 percent.

  1. Cruise Control

Since most road trips involve lots of highway miles, give your foot a rest and set your cruise control.  Doing so will not only prevent excessive gas guzzling, but also foot cramping.

  1. Avoid Excessive Idling

Contrary to popular belief, you do not use more gas starting your car than idling.  So, if you’re taking a pit stop for the kids’ potty break, turn the engine off.  This will save gas in the long-run, since idling can use up to a half-gallon of fuel per hour.

  1. Drive Sensibly

Aggressive driving can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway.  You can also assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.31 per gallon for gas.

  1. Don’t Over Pack

A loaded roof rack can decrease your fuel economy by 5 percent, while 100 pounds in the trunk reduces it by 1-2 percent.

  1. Plan

While it might be difficult to follow it to a tee, mapping out your pit stops and breaks will make your trip more efficient.  Driving around aimlessly while you search for a place to eat is a waste of time, gas, and money.

  1. Have a Blast!

OK, this one doesn’t save you any gas, but it sure saves stress!  And while you’re visiting the beautiful Emerald Coast, contact Kerry Veach to see some Emerald Coast homes.  With over 1,000 closings, 20+ years of experience and a full-time real estate team, it’s no surprise that 95% of Kerry’s business comes from referrals.

Don’t forget to check the Veach View Blog frequently to get more energy related news and money saving tips.


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